Speaking at the Silver Jubilee Celebration function of Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA) held on July 29 at Kathmandu, Mr S Ramakrishna, Chairman, Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) urged for greater collaboration between FFFAI and NEFFA for mutual benefits and enhancement of bilateral trade. On this occasion the FFFAI Chairman recommended the following points:
• FFFAI and NEFFA should work together in disseminating the best practices of each country.
• Both the associations should boldly speak about the difficulties that each border faces and how to mitigate the same, by representing jointly to each Government for which FFFAI stands committed.
• On the Inland water ways there should be a meeting participated by India, Nepal and Bangladesh Freight Forwarders and should give Joint proposal to all Governments to extend the treaty, which already exists with Bangladesh, to Nepal too, especially for Jogighopa and Pandu Multimodal Logistics Parks being open up in the north eastern India.
• Both FFFAI and NEFFA should have mutual co-operation of trust to help each other in recovery / settlement of payment issues.
Currently, freight forwarders in Nepal are showing concerns over irrational charges levied by Shipping lines operating container services between India-Nepal route , including labour charges, additional surcharges and demurrage charges resulting in increase in logistics cost. In addition, congestion at dry ports and exorbitant registration charges to use of government’s cargo tracking system remain other areas of concern.
Earlier, on July 28 Mr Ramakrishna also attended India-Nepal Logistics Summit which was jointly organised by Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Ministry of Industry Commerce and Supplies and Maritime Gateway, in association with Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA). At this Summit discussions were held on infrastructure developments, issues related to transit time between Nepal and Indian ports, warehousing facilities in Nepal, issues related to tariffs charged by logistics service providers and requirement of automation of customs and border clearance.